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My Life

Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya

Edited by Andrew Donskov
Translated by John Woodsworth and Arkadi Kiloutchanski

One hundred years after his death, Leo Tolstoy continues to be regarded as one of the most accomplished writers of all time. Historically, little attention has been paid to his wife, Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya. Her memoirs—which she titled My Life—lay dormant for almost a century. They have now been published for the very first time by the University of Ottawa Press.

Tolstaya paints an intimate and honest portrait of her husband's character, providing new details about his life to which she alone was privy. She offers a better understanding of his personality, including his strengths and failings as a husband and father, while capturing the quintessential Tolstoyan character that underlies his fiction.

My Life is the most important primary document about Tolstoy to be published in many years and a unique and intimate portrait of one of the greatest literary minds of all time.

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